MAC Announces Creation Of Bahamas Bowl
Oct. 15, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced today the creation of a newly created bowl game in Nassau, Bahamas for a six-year period (2014-2019). The Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
The creation of the Bahamas Bowl is the second of a series of planned bowl announcements over the next several weeks and the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences. The MAC will play the American Athletic Conference in the Bahamas Bowl in 2014 and Conference USA in 2015.
"The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner in the creation of the Bahamas Bowl beginning with the 2014 season and to feature the only bowl game outside of the United States," said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner. "This will truly be a one-of-its-kind bowl experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. The Thomas A. Robinson Stadium will be a wonderful host venue and the accommodations with the Atlantis Resort will certainly be a destination to reward our football programs."
The Bahamas Bowl, in addition to the Boca Raton Bowl which was announced last Friday and another bowl game that will be announced at a future date, will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis.
With further announcements coming shortly, the MAC will have created two new primary appearances on an annual basis for the next six years. Starting in the 2014 college football season, the MAC will have a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities.
MAC Primary Bowl Partners 2014-19:
2015 Bowl Season:
2016 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Bahamas Bowl - (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic);
Bowl Game - TBA.
2017 Bowl Season:
2018 Bowl Season:
2019 Bowl Season:
Beginning in the 2014 bowl season, the Bahamas Bowl and the Boca Raton Bowl, along with another bowl game to be announced at a future date, will become a rotation for two MAC bowl appearances as the fourth and fifth primary bowl partners for the Conference. The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Go Daddy Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) and newly created Camellia Bowl (based in Montgomery, Ala.) through the 2019 season.
Late last week, the MAC also announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be owned and operated by ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium, an open-air stadium opened in 2011 which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Also earlier this summer, the MAC announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Alabama, owned and operated by ESPN. The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.
The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.